Infection Closes Unit At Hospital

The Intensive Care Unit at Belfast City Hospital has been closed to new admissions after two patients were found to have a bacterial infection. They are now being treated in isolation. The hospital said the patients had a multi-resistant acinetobacter infection.

Emergency patients are being cared for in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit. The unit plans to re-open, under guidance from the hospital’s Infection Control team, within the next 24 hours.

In a statement the hospital said: “Acinetobacters are environmental bacteria that are present both in and outside healthcare premises. They are among the many organisms which can affect vulnerable patients in intensive care units.”